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Native Hawaiians honor traditions at volcano

SHOTLIST:RESTRICTION SUMMARY:ASSOCIATED PRESSMauna Loa, Hawaii - 1 December 20221. Person watching volcano, lava in distanceHEADLINE: Native Hawaiians honor traditions at Mauna Loa volcano2. Illona Ilae chants, making offering at alter in front of Mauna Loa3. SOUNDBITE (English) Illona Ilae, Native Hawaiian from Kona: ++ENDS ON SHOT 4++"As a native Hawaiian, I wanted to come and pay my respects to our Tutu, Pele, which we lovingly call the goddess of the volcano, and this volcano flow that is going on. And I'm praying that the goddess will take care of what needs to be taken care of."4. Offerings on alter close up5. SOUNDBITE (English) Illona Ilae, Native Hawaiian from Kona: ++ENDS ON SHOT 6++"Why have fear? Try to learn to love it a little bit and be a part of that. Whatever the decision is, it's not ours to make."6. Various Illae singing7. SOUNDBITE (English) Illona Ilae, Native Hawaiian from Kona: ++OVERLAID ON SHOT 6++"It's out of our control, but we can put that feeling of love and aloha out there and just be a part of nature."8. SOUNDBITE (English) Kawenaonalani Correa, Native Hawaiian from Oahu: ++OVERLAID ON SHOTS 9 AND 10++"For me personally, I could just feel it coming up the highway. You can feel just that kind of surge of like just power that you're definitely not the main thing here, kind of, so to speak."9. Wide view of lava10. Various people leaving flowers and offerings11. SOUNDBITE (English) Kawenaonalani Correa, Native Hawaiian from Oahu: ++OVERLAID ON SHOT 10/ENDS ON SHOT 12++"For me it's just that kind of feeling that something's going to happen, you just don't know what it is and you don't question it. Tutu Pele is going to go where Tutu Pele wants to go. I mean, we're in her house so it's kind of just, you go with the flow."12. Close of offeringsSTORYLINE:Glowing lava from the world's largest volcano is a sight to behold but for some Native Hawaiians, Mauna Loa's eruption has deeper cultural significance.Some Hawaiians may be moved to chant to Pele, the deity of volcanoes and fire. Some may pray to ancestors or honor the moment with hula, or dance.Native Hawaiian cultural practitioners want lava gawkers to be mindful of those who are chanting, praying or gathering in ceremonies amid the eruption.Hawaiians have different relationships with the spirituality of lava. Some may pray in solitude. Some may gather in groups.There are also different relationships and connections to Pele, which some refer to as a god or goddess.Some call her "Tutu Pele," using the word for grandparent, because deities "are more than ancient than we are."Pele is an important figure in Hawaiian culture, representing all the phenomena related to volcanoes, the magma, steam, ash, acid rain.So far, the tourism authority hasn't received any complaints about people getting in the way of cultural practices.===========================================================Clients are reminded: (i) to check the terms of their licence agreements for use of content outside news programming and that further advice and assistance can be obtained from the AP Archive on: Tel +44 (0) 20 7482 7482 Email: they should check with the applicable collecting society in their Territory regarding the clearance of any sound recording or performance included within the AP Television News service (iii) they have editorial responsibility for the use of all and any content included within the AP Television News service and for libel, privacy, compliance and third party rights applicable to their Territory.
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